Sunwayman V11R Flashlight Review: Does It Down to the LumenAndrew Tarantola9/17/12 5:40pmFiled to: lightning reviewReviewsSunwaymanV11RFlashlightsCr123aLed27EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkA flashlight with 500 lumens is great for flagging down a search-and-rescue squad when you're lost in the woods. But when you're looking for a lost shoe as you sneak out of a hookup's house at 1:45 am, it's overkill. Luckily, the Sunwayman V11R handles both situations with ease—assuming you've already found your pants.What Is It?A compact, variable-intensity flashlight that fits in your fifth pocket.Who's it For?Hikers, campers, nighttime drivers—anyone in the dark.DesignA 50,000-hour Cree XM-L U2 LED wrapped in an anodized aluminum alloy. The V11R is waterproof and rugged enough to withstand a pocket full of loose change.Using ItAn "Infinite Variable Output Switch" adjusts the beam intensity from 1 to 190 lumens. Install a Li-ion rechargeable CR123A, and it can briefly pump out a whopping 500 lumens.The Best PartThe V11R is bright enough to replace a C-cell-sucking Maglite four times its size.Tragic FlawThe 500-lumen Turbo mode puts out enough heat in five minutes to start a game of Hot Potato.This Is Weird...Standing on its end, V11R can double as a candle.Test NotesIncludes lanyard and removable belt clip.It can take a standard AA (as opposed to the CR123A) if you use an included adapter.Its 130 meter maximum range and broad beam spread make the V11R more useful as a short-range flood than a focused long-distance spotlight.Should You Buy It?Yes. It's a great flashlight. The SOG Dark Energy 214 is fine as well, but the Sunwayman is better—this is brighter, with a higher output, and no rough finishes. But the most important difference is the Sunwayman's adjustable light output. The SOG model just had full power, 40% and strobe—this one is fully variable from a dim few lumens to that turbo-blast 500-lumen setting. The small stature and versatile, high-intensity output make the V11R ideal for both everyday use and as an emergency backup.